Michael Arrington is one of those internet voices that demands attention, and his TechCrunch blog is must-reading for those truly interested in what’s taking place in the new world. He writes about new companies and new applications, and I’ve found his insight to be prescient and remarkable.
This morning, Michael wrote about another new TV download service that combines BitTorrent, “legitimate” TV downloads and DVD sales. In his summary, he makes an important point for all of us in “the biz” to note, because — like some other applications — this one requires downloading a special player.
It’s clear that this is a product that people will want to use, although more for the Bittorent content than for the for-pay TV shows. A comparison engine for premium TV is nice, but each service has its own viewer and rules (most don’t work with Macs, for example, although iTunes does), and consumers are not going to want to install multiple pieces of software just to view different TV shows.